After having a day to recuperate, it's time to give a report on this year's Riverside Jam.
I co-hosted this time around with my good friends Max and Michael Lescher, in Fox Lake IL, which is about 50 miles north of Chicago in the Chain of Lakes region. The Lescher â€˜s recently moved into a home with a four car garage, which served as a perfect venue for rehearsing and jamming.
This years participants were as follows:
Mike's nephew Derek (sorry, can't remember the last name)
Once we had a clear idea of who was coming, I sent out a call for set captains. Each captain got to choose 6 songs. Or a half hour, whichever came first. Captains could choose from any of the people above to play on their set. There was a lot of e-mail back and forth with charts, etc, until the captains had a pretty good idea of what they would play.
The earliest arrivals starting coming in Thursday afternoon, and after helping unload and set up the PA system we were off. We had a break for dinner and then more practice, more arrivals.
Friday , more arrivals, more practice, with a brief break in the afternoon for a dip in the pool.
I always tell people that the RSJ is like musical boot camp, a lot of fun, but work too! I always come away with a new chord or a new song.
Saturday was more practice, with people splintering off to practice on the deck, and a complete run through of all the sets for the nights performance. Then we were off to the night's venue, Jimmy V's for the performance. Since several of us were local, were able to get friends and family as part of the audience. (never hurts!)
The set lists were as follows. Please guys, help me out if I omit anything, or add anything that wasn't there.
City of New Orleans
In the Sun
Takin Care of Business
You Me and Julio
Girl from Ipanema
More Than You Know
Fly Me to the Moon
It's Probably Me
Let It Grow
Dancing With the Stars (Roberto/Reichert)
One Step Forward (Roberto/Reichert)
300 Lbs of Heavenly Joy
Story in Your Eyes
Handle With Care
Piano Thru the Ceiling (Reichert)
Gone at Last
Pretty in Pink
Safe European Home
I wanna Be Sedated
Paint it Black
Second Chances (Reichert)
No Reflection (Reichert)
Sexy Little Man (Reichert)
Sultans of Swing
And a big group finish with
Twist and Shout/La Bamba
As you can see every musical genre was represented. Where else can you get Sinatra and Rancid on the same bill? We had jazz, swing, blues ,classic rock, oldies rock, gospel, R&B and originals.
Stand outs for me were Annes blistering congas on Julio, Jose channeling his inner Sinatra on Fly Me to the Moon, David's swing version of Taking Care of Business, Pauls vocals on Smooth, and Lido Shuffle, Tony and Laura nailing Rich Woman, Nick's Time Bomb (the only time I have ever seen my son sing along on a song I was performing!) ,me getting to belt out Heat Wave, and singing Piano through the Ceiling with Michael, who was the inspiration for the song, as well as getting my husband John up on bass for One Step Foreward.
Sunday was a much more laid back affair, as everyone was pretty wiped out. My voice was strained to say the least. I was able to sing Dancing Barefoot in EM with no trouble at all! By early evening everyone started packing up to go. Time to get started on next year's plans!
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on August 3rd, 2008, 5:05 am, edited 1 time in total.
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